Oct 092019

Organization: Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability
Country: Pakistan
Closing date: 13 Oct 2019

Job Description

Position: Advocacy Specialist

Reports to: Project Lead

No. of Positions: 1

Salary Range: PKR 80,000-120,000

Expected Date of Joining: Immediate

Duration of Contract: One Year (Potential for extension)

Location: Islamabad, with significant required travel within Pakistan


The Trust for Democratic Education and Accountability (TDEA) is implementing a three-year Women’s Action for Better Workplaces-II (WACTION) with the support of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Pakistan. The project is the continuation of a similar initiative that completed in December 2018. The project aims to contribute to improving working environments for women workers in Pakistan. It will address a core set of issues that continue to obstruct and impede women’s economic participation primarily by enhancing the individual and organizational capacities of women workers to negotiate and advocate their collective priorities and demands with employers, policy-makers and legislators, and by increasing understanding among legislators, policy-makers and the public about changes necessary in legislative and administrative frameworks governing women’s labor through advocacy, public education and other practical action. The proposed project will be implemented in 14 industrial districts and at least 10 Special Industrial and Economic Zones (SIEZ) in Pakistan.

Job Objective:

The Advocacy Specialist will be part of the Project Team and will be responsible for developing and overseeing the implementation of the advocacy plan and activities conducted by TDEA and its partner organizations. The selected candidate must have extensive experience in policy, promotional and advocacy work as well as planning, managing and implementing advocacy projects. Since the project focusses on the rights and entitlements of women working in the formal sectors of the economy, knowledge of Pakistan’s labor laws as well as their weaknesses in addressing the issues facing women workers is essential for the selected candidate to fully deliver on performance expectations.

Main Responsibilities:

The Advocacy Specialist will be responsible for:

  1. Developing, leading and managing processes of project advocacy and media plan and its implementation;
  2. Brainstorming with team members and relevant stakeholders at all stages of plan development and its periodic review;
  3. Identifying and developing collaborative relationships with key stakeholders in legislatures, government, civil society, media and among women working in formal sectors of economy at national, provincial and regional levels;
  4. Mapping existing networks and complementary or cross-sectoral initiatives to help build provincial and national networks and coalitions of women workers;
  5. Planning, designing and implementing strategies for communications and outreach for public awareness concerning women worker’s rights;
  6. Conceptualizing, developing and disseminating advocacy, communications and outreach materials such as op-eds, briefs, policy documents, newsletters, infographics, websites, donor reports, case studies and social media messages in close cooperation with Project Team;
  7. Managing the advocacy budget;
  8. Representing the organization at public events, media, advocacy meetings, etc. as an when required;
  9. Assisting the project partner organizations in the development and periodic refinement of their advocacy plan to ensure quality outcomes; and
  10. Assisting the Project Team in developing designs including tools for undertaking monitoring of workplaces, legal audits and other action research that is relevant to the project needs.


  • Master’s Degree in Gender Studies, Development studies or any related discipline of social sciences is required. Advanced degree is desirable but not required for this position.
  • Overall a minimum of seven years of working experience focusing on research and advocacy of women’s and labor rights in Pakistan is required.
  • Experience of working and building collaborative relations with members of civil society, government, legislators, academia, media and the private sector.
  • Experience of working with legislators and policymakers at national and provincial levels;
  • Excellent research and public-speaking skills;
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills in both English and Urdu-languages;
  • Basic budgetary management skills;
  • Problem-solving, leadership, organizational, analytical and interpersonal skills;
  • Knowledge in computer applications and software will be an additive advantage; and
  • Knowledge of labor laws in Pakistan as well as the state of women workers in the country.

Working Conditions:

This full-time position is based in Islamabad. However, frequent travel to all four provinces is required as the position will also support the advocacy activities of partner organizations.

How to apply:


Cover Letter is a mandatory part of your application. Please submit your job application along with a Cover Letter through our online job portal at the last date for submitting application is October 13, 2019.

Note: You will be required to produce HEC attested degrees and certificates during the selection process.

TDEA is an equal opportunity employer –women, minorities, persons with physical disability/wheel chair users, the blind/visually impaired, speech and hearing impaired and/or persons with any other disabilities who otherwise qualify for the position are encouraged to apply. TDEA provides accessible work environment to its disabled employees through reasonable accommodations without compromising on the quality of work.

Only shortlisted candidates will be called for Interviews. Any attempt to influence the hiring process will lead to immediate disqualification of the candidate.

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